Update on Negotiations

On 28th September 2018 the ACP Group of States and the EU began negotiations for a successor Agreement to the Cotonou Agreement which comes to an end in February 2020. This section contains all you need to know about the negotiations.






Applications for the posts of Assistant Secretaries-General at the ACP Secretariat

Grants awarded under the EuropeAid call for proposals EuropeAid/164206/IH/ACT/Multi publié le 17.04.2019

Supporting the cultural and creative sectors in the ACP countries – Q&A #2 – 12/01/2020

Vacancy: Head of Conference Services

Vacancy: Conference Messenger

Calls for Proposals and Tenders - ACP EU Culture Supporting the Cultural and Creative Sectors in ACP Countries

Works Contract Notice - Extensive Renovation Works of the ACP Building, Brussels, Belgium

Seeking partnership under ACP Innovation Fund?

Call for Proposals for ACP Innovation Fund, Ref: EuropeAid/166663/IH/ACT/Multi

Nominations are open for the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Awards for Scientific Excellence - 2019 Edition 

Call for Proposals of the ACP Digital Financial Services

SHORT-LIST SELECTED: Technical Assistance to the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States for the Management of the ACP-EU Programme to Strengthen Research and Innovation Capacity in ACP Countries

Call for proposals: ACP EU CULTURE "Support for ACP audiovisual co-production”

Contract Notice of the  Call for Tenders for the Technical Assistance to the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States for the Management of the ACP-EU Programme to strengthen Research and Innovation capacity in ACP countries.

Décision d'attribution: Assistance technique au Secrétariat ACP pour la gestion du programme ACP-UE Culture

Service Contract Award Notice: Technical Assistance for a complete Architecture & Engineering Mission and Project Management Services for the extensive renovation of the ACP Building, Brussels

SHORT-LIST SELECTED: ACP-EU PSD Knowledge Management Technical Support Function / Light PSD Structure TSF, Budget 6,000,000 EUR


ICC Prosecutor holds an exchange of views with ACP Ambassadors

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Brussels, 25 January 2019/ACP: The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Dr Fatou Bensouda, addressed the Committee of Ambassadors of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States on Thursday 24 January to express her profound gratitude for the ACP Group's contributions to the work of the International Criminal Court, with 51 out of 79 ACP States having ratified the ICC Rome Statute.

Chaired by the Ambassador Ammo Aziza Baroud of Chad, the session provided an opportunity for the Prosecutor to present the activities of the ICC Prosecutor's Office and to highlight the important historical contributions of the ACP regions in the creation of the ICC.

“In 1989, Trinidad and Tobago, on behalf of the Caribbean Community, called upon the 44th Session of the UN General Assembly to consider the establishment of an international criminal court; and in February 1999, Senegal became the first state party to ratify the Rome Statute” she recalled.

“Exchanges such as the one we are having today assist to raise awareness and increase understanding of international humanitarian law and international justice, including the ICC and its functioning. It is critically important to address persistent misperceptions, and facilitate dialogue thereon.” She added.

In addition to clarifying the lack of understanding on the role and jurisdictions of the International Criminal Court, the session also allowed the Prosecutor to discuss openly and exchange views with ACP Representatives on a wide range of topics.

The principle of complementarity, meaning that states retain their primacy of jurisdiction and bear first responsibility to investigate and prosecute atrocity crimes; and the principle of cooperation, requiring all states that have joined the Statute to comply with the Court’s requests for assistance and support in the context of its investigations, were amongst the topics discussed. The discussions further focused on the need for States to reinforce the capacity of their criminal justice systems to address serious crimes at the national level.

Several Representatives expressed their full support for the Court and the work of the Office of the Prosecutor. They commended Prosecutor Bensouda's unyielding commitment to the cause of international criminal justice and to continuing to fulfil her mandate, with full independence and impartiality, wherever the Court has jurisdiction.

Dr Fatou Bensouda is the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, having been elected in 2011 by consensus by the Assembly of States Parties. Dr Bensouda was nominated and supported as the sole African candidate for election to the post by the African Union. She is the first woman to assume the position. Previously, she served as the Court’s first Deputy Prosecutor (2004 to May 2012), Senior Legal Advisor and Head of the Legal Advisory Unit of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2002 to 2004), and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of The Gambia, inter alia. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.  Dr Bensouda has been listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world (2012 and 2017), by the New African magazine as one of the “Most Influential Africans”; by Foreign Policy as one of the “Leading Global Thinkers” (2013) & by Jeune Afrique as one of “50 African women who, by their actions & initiatives in their respective roles, advance the African continent (2014 & 2015).”

(Dr Fatou Bensouda Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and Dr Patrick I. Gomes Secretary General of the ACP Group of States)


Statement of Dr. Fatou Bensouda, ICC Prosecutor, 24 January 2019

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